flocking Red Wattlebirds & swooping Dollarbirds

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Subject: flocking Red Wattlebirds & swooping Dollarbirds
From: "Michael and Janette" <>
Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2005 19:33:00 +1100
David Rosalsky reported earlier some flocks of RW and asked whether that is already a sign of migration. I assume only local movement; at this time of year you find commonly flocks around flowering eucalypts and birds moving between food sources. For example at one of my sites on Mt Ainslie I would normally see 3 to 4 RW, a couple of weeks ago over 20 were present, Yellow Boxes were in flower.
Suzan Edgars swooping Dollarbird: Did the bird make actually body contact with you? I doubt it. When the young are close to leaving the nest hollow or are just out, adults will commonly swoop at 'intruders'. It is an impressive sight and sound display, however, in my experience, they come pretty close to you, but don't actually hit you. So,  hat or no hat, you would have been safe.
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